What advice would you give to someone who is moving to Overland Park, KS?
First of all I would say, Welcome and next I want you to understand and be patient with the midwestern weather, you can have extremes in summer of 100 degrees and suffocating humidity or -5 below in winter where the road crews don’t quite have either the budget or the knowhow to prepare the roadways for snow like they do in the upper midwestern states where people go about their lives in 3 feet of snow 9 months of the year with 3 months of “bad sledding”. And oh the Kansas ice storms, I have lived through these magnificent disasters watching transformers blow up in green flashes all over the city, living without any sort of power in a completely susburban habitat for a week and a half and practicing survival bbq skills as well as DIY hygienics.
Drive an SUV with 4WD. You won’t use that more than a month out of the year but it will make or break you getting to work on the ramps that love to become black ice in winter. I’m writing this after a snowfall here in KC, can you tell.
Schools are great in almost any neighborhood.
Real estate has become expensive after the housing crisis, so be prepared for an average home to cost $200000 plus. The upside is steady appreciation on any house you just at about 5% a year. The rule is…3 bedroom ranch, two baths, double car garage, on a quiet street….you just can’t lose on a house like that.
Soooo many apartments are being built! Nice new ones with pricey rents, a lot of them are happening in the graveyards of old shopping centers in the style of the dorm you lived in at college, with shops and eateries on the bottom floor and apartments on top.
If you have a house, get ready to mow your lawn and the yards, even the smallest houses have huge lawns. The term “get off my lawn” must have been coined by watching Kansas curmudgeons watering their precious fescue. (A type of green grass BTW).
l love this city. There’s always something to do. People are very friendly with a few “I want to talk to the manager” snots but never to the extent of some bigger cities.